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Katie Cornejo pleads guilty to lesser charge in stepdaughter's death

A Wichita woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2 1/2-year-old stepdaughter pleaded guilty this afternoon to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Katie Cornejo, 28, was charged with murdering Daytona Robertson in February of 2008.

Cornejo stood trial for murder in April, but a mistrial was declared after a Sedgwick County jury was unable to reach a verdict. She had been scheduled for trial again next month.

In court today, Cornejo entered an Alford plea, which means she didn't have to admit to guilt but accepted a sentencing deal offered by prosecutors.

She will face 55 to 247 months in prison, depending on her prior criminal record, when she is sentenced on Dec. 4.

If she has no prior convictions, prosecutors will recommend that she serve the minimum of 55 months.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Eagle.

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